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Rep. McManus faces state tax embezzlement allegations

State representative Deb McManus has recently been arrested after allegations of felony tax charges. North Carolina police suspect that McManus embezzled nearly $50,000 from the state by withholding individual income taxes. She faces multiple counts of embezzlement for her alleged white collar crimes.

According to the report, McManus worked as bookkeeper for her husband's medical office where he has been practicing for over 20 years. Police accused McManus of aiding and abetting the business's illegal tax crimes, including embezzling, misapplying and converting those taxes to be used for the business itself, because of her position as bookkeeper. Her husband, however, has not been charged with a crime.

Supposedly, police have been investigating the case for several months, and McManus claims that she was fully cooperating with them. When she heard that she was being charged in the case, she claims that she was completely shocked. McManus, who has served for 11 years, resigned from her position in the House of Representatives in an effort to avoid a politicization of her alleged crimes, but word got out quickly and backlash has already begun.

McManus faces three felony counts of embezzlement of $47,000 from individual state income starting in 2011 and lasting over two and a half years. She was arrested and taken to Wake County Jail, and she is currently out on $150,000 bond. In white collar criminal cases, it can sometimes be difficult for the prosecution to present enough evidence to establish that the defendant had criminal intent when tax discrepancies are made, as opposed to the defendant simply making a serious accounting mistake. If North Carolina prosecutors cannot prove that McManus knowingly committed the crimes she is accused of, it is possible that the charges against her could be dismissed.

Source: newsobserver.com, State Rep. McManus resigns after being arrested on tax charges, Craig Jarvis, Dec. 11, 2013

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